This was the beginning of the separate Free Soil organization in Massachusetts, which afterwards grew into the Republican party. . . . The speeches were earnest and determined, and they were received in a corresponding spirit. No great movement ever showed at the beginning more character and power. It began true and strong. All the speakers united in renouncing old party ties. None did this better than C. F. Adams.Sumner's speech was a brief one.3 He dwelt upon the growth and potent influence of ‘the slave-power,’ which he defined as
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2 Works, vol. II. pp. 76-88.
3 ‘There was the manly form of Charles Sumner in the splendor and vigor and magnetic power of his youthful eloquence,’—G. F. Hoar at Reunion of Free Soilers of 1848, held Aug. 9, 1877. W. S. Robinson described the scene in a letter to the Springfield republican. Warrington's ‘Pen Portraits,’ pp. 184, 185
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